SBD/July 15, 2013/Franchises

Red Bulls Fan Groups Continue Profane Chant; MLS Fears Box Office Impact

Many watched Saturday's MLS Impact-Red Bulls game to see if Red Bulls fans “persisted in their controversial and profane ‘You suck a--hole’ (YSA) chant,” according to Brian Lewis of the N.Y. POST. The chant was “only performed once" and was "not as loud as normal.” But the 17,235 fans in attendance at Red Bull Arena were “as loud as ever, and two of the three supporter groups unleashed a YSA chant" at Impact G Troy Perkins in the 53rd minute. The chant performed by supporter groups Garden State Ultras and Viking Army was “audible, though quieter than normal.” MLS “fears the YSA chant specifically will hurt sponsorship and drive away families.” Fan Ken Walleshauser, who attended with his wife and two children, said, “I’m in favor of whatever it takes (to end YSA). It would deter us from coming back.” Viking Army spokesperson Jason Corliss said, “It’s not like they’ve offered the money and now we’re trying to stop YSA. We’ve been trying to stop YSA for awhile.” Fan Dave Knapp said, “To censor fans in any sport ... it’s pretty tame compared to what’s said in the [EPL]” (N.Y. POST, 7/14).
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